What’s to be done about potholes?

What creates potholes?

You can tell a lot about a country based on the state of its roads. Britain’s are now becoming increasingly worse. Due to the terrible cold weather, potholes are becoming more evident. They’re ruining the road surfaces and causing damage to vehicles. Water falls through cracks in the road, freezes and then expands. It eventually evaporates, leaving a thin layer of road that is broken by vehicles running over it. The potholes are more likely to form during the colder seasons but leave a mark for a long time after.


Who’s to blame?

There are so many roads in the UK that are in dire need of a revamp. There’s even talk about needing to completely abandon some roads while they are reconstructed. The Beast from the East is to blame for the state of Britain’s roads this year, but there doesn’t seem to be an awful lot done to resolve the issue. Local councils have reduced budgets, meaning that there’s not a lot of money to fix the roads of Britain. In their defence, there is a lot of work that needs to be done. But, we need to make a start now as it will become more of an issue in the future seeing as electric cars are heavy!


Want some stats?

Who’s suffering?

Obviously, the whole of the UK is in desperate need of road-resurfacing. But, there are some places that suffer more than others. Although London is the smallest region in the UK, it’s second from the top in damage costs, with 733,000 people incurring £91,368,450 in costs. The region that suffered the worst pothole damage last year was the South-East, with 941,000 people getting hit with £108,149,130! As a matter of interest, the cost in Scotland was £56,799,420 and Wales was £12,427,830.


And the expenses?

According to the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey 2018 published by the Asphalt Industry Alliance last March, it has been reported that 17.9 million potholes have been filled over the last decade, costing over £1billion. Its estimated that the average pay-out for a pothole insurance claim is £1,000 and the number of claims is rapidly increasing. The AA says that there were the same number of claims between January and April 2018 as there were for the whole of 2017.

If you find your vehicle damaged after driving over a pothole, be sure to seek a mechanic. With over 9,000 garages on our directory, you can be sure to find the prefect one for you! You can use our quick, easy and FREE online booking tool to book online today!


Libby Simmons

Libby has been working for BookMyGarage writing articles, creating newsletters and handling the social media platforms. She works closely with ex-mechanics and subject matter experts to provide weekly blogs: essential advice on how to care for your car, need-to-know news and developments in the motoring world and helpful tips on how to cut the costs of running and maintaining your car.